We’re thrilled to have Bob McQueen, from Bob McQueen & Associates as a visitor blogger on our channel. Bob is an internationally acknowledged knowledgeable in sensible mobility and Clever Transport Methods. He has over 40 years of expertise in serving to private and non-private sector purchasers to get the very best outcomes from superior transport know-how, working within the USA, Europe, Center East and Asia Pacific areas. Shoppers embody main know-how corporations akin to LG, Samsung, Rockwell Collins and Egis Transportation Methods.
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On this third weblog of the collection, I’ll discover Imaginative and prescient Zero, features of security, the necessity for situational consciousness, and know-how functions that may enhance security.
Security is all the time a high precedence in roadway operations. Each the intersections, the locations the place roads meet, and the stretches of highway between intersections have to be secure and likewise perceived to be secure. There’s an rising focus in Europe and the USA on what could possibly be known as ‘Imaginative and prescient Zero’. This describes a future state of affairs the place highway infrastructure is mixed with superior info applied sciences to ship the worth and advantages of roads with zero fatalities or crashes.
What if I advised you that I’ve discovered a method to obtain Imaginative and prescient Zero, assured, in a single day? I’d have the ability to cut back the crashes on any highway to zero. How would I do that? Fairly easy, shut the highway. Radical and impractical as we will’t shut the highway, so let’s take a look at why we will’t try this. Whereas security is all the time paramount, the target shouldn’t be achieved in isolation however inside a balanced framework of different aims that should even be thought-about. We can not place an excessive give attention to one goal to the exclusion of others. There are various different aims that sensible mobility should handle, at a high-level these embody effectivity, enhanced person expertise, and local weather change administration. These are the the explanation why you simply can’t shut a highway.
Fortuitously, we’re beginning to perceive that defining security as a main goal not solely allows us to enhance the protection scenario, but additionally helps us to handle the opposite aims concurrently, as illustrated within the determine beneath.
For instance, the applying of superior know-how to extend journey time reliability, clean site visitors by avoiding harsh acceleration and deceleration and kind autos into orderly platoons, can enhance security and cut back congestion. This additionally addresses enhancing person expertise as the driving force advantages from a greater expertise with much less stops and delays.
So, let’s focus on additional how Imaginative and prescient Zero could be achieved via the applying of superior applied sciences and find out how to transfer in the direction of the objective of Imaginative and prescient Zero in a sensible and efficient means.
The primary substances
So, what are the principle substances of a profitable method to security? In my view, they’re, as proven within the determine, beginning on the high of the pyramid:
The power to behave appropriately
Primarily based on a excessive degree of situational consciousness, the very best responses and motion plans could be developed and utilized. After all, companies and functions come into play once more as important implementation instruments.
An applicable degree of situational consciousness
From a security perspective you will need to know what is going on, what is going to occur sooner or later, and what to do about it. This could embody all features of security as described above.
Companies and functions that allow you to know and act
Companies and functions ship worth to the tip person together with vacationers and fleet operators by offering info on the very best selections.
An environment friendly and efficient telecommunications basis
Situational consciousness, companies, and functions can solely work effectively if they’re underpinned by a agency basis in telecommunications community infrastructure, as illustrated within the determine. One other vital dimension of efficient telecommunications approaches lies in system and software safety. For the system or resolution to do its job over an prolonged interval, it should embody cyber and bodily safety preparations to guard it from people who pose a risk. It is crucial that these safety preparations are “industrial grade” utilizing the very best out there know-how from the broader world of Web and business methods. Allow us to additionally not overlook bodily safety as there is no such thing as a level in having world class cyber safety if the bodily safety is less than par. Quick access to cupboards and tools would allow dangerous actors to undermine cyber safety preparations.
It’s an thrilling time to be concerned within the mobility trade. Extra information is on the market now than ever earlier than, and new applied sciences have emerged that enable us to enhance security, whereas additionally attaining our different aims. A well-structured, strong method ought to be taken that considers all features of security in an built-in method making the very best use of obtainable know-how. Initiatives ought to be outcomes targeted, by no means shedding sight of the supposed outcomes. Whereas cautious stewardship ought to be utilized to expenditure, the human value of poor security together with the price of property injury, ought to justify good ranges of funding, to allow aims to be achieved.
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